Melbourne is a hip, dynamic metropolis, with an exciting city center, inner-city neighborhoods that is full of unique character, and lush green parks and mountain ranges where you can enjoy Australian nature at its finest.
The city is known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world, and for being regularly voted as the world’s most livable city!
Let’s explore the best things to do in Melbourne:
Wear a piece of Melbourne fashion at Alpha 60
What is it?
Alpha60 is a local label that epitomizes Melbourne’s penchant for comfortable yet stylish gear, with plenty of baggy cuts and dark colors.
Designer Alex Cleary, who founded the label with his sister Georgie, says "not only do we have to look stylish in Melbourne – we have been somewhat practical [for the weather]. Want to fit into Melbourne? Just add layers."
If you're looking to strike out from the all-black-everything memo, give Gorman a try – this Melbourne-born label has a penchant for bright colors and in-your-face designs that Melburnians love to sport.
Since launching Alpha60 in 2005, brother-sister duo Georgie and Alex Cleary have marked a name for themselves in the Australian fashion industry. The label has come a long way since its inception, securing solo shows at Australian Fashion Week and collaborations with ASOS, Polaroid and Sportsgirl.
Describing themselves as “inspired by change and a rebellion against the status quo”, Alpha60 creates good quality basics with an edge. They take classic shapes and transform them into one-off pieces. The brand has extended from clothing to include sunglasses, shoes and bags with their footwear even being stocked in New York’s Assembly store.
Monochromatic pieces are synonymous with the label, making the designs timeless and versatile. You can find the quirky in four stores across Melbourne. They are located in Flinders Lane, Armadale and Prahran along with an outlet in Fitzroy.
Recently Alex took some time out from their hell busy schedule to chat about business.
How did Alpha60 come to life?
It all started because I wanted something to wear and didn’t have anything interesting. Georgie had been stamped printing stuff and decided we should print up an old business shirt. I still have that shirt hanging in the cupboard.
At the start no two shirts were the same – they were all hand-printed and customized. So, for the first year or so every surface in the house was covered with shirts drying. There was a long period of chaos.
As siblings, how do you and Georgie work together and manage differences of opinion?
We’ve been working together since we were eight and ten years old. Our first business was selling cut flowers on the side of the road. Admittedly, we had appropriated them from our parent’s farm, but we soon worked out that we liked working for ourselves. Over time we’ve made muffins, tea towels, skateboards, T-shirts, potpourri (it was the ’90s) and grown camellias, amongst other things. We’ve worked each other out pretty well by now. Actually, we don’t even fight. Aesthetically we’re similar and we have the same goals.
What's your highlight moment?
Patti Smith once got a Godard T-shirt to wear when she met Jean Luc Godard – she then gave him an Alpha60 Patti Smith T so he could wear that. That’s about our highlight moment.
Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park was completed in 1988 as part of the original National Tennis Centre complex. The arena is the centerpiece of the Australian Open and plays host to a wide range of sports and entertainment events, from tennis matches to international rock stars and motorbike super-cross.
The most dynamic transformation Rod Laver Arena has seen was in March 2007 at the FINA 2007 World Swimming Championships when a 50-meter temporary pool was built on the arena’s floor.
Rod Laver Arena has a seating capacity of approximately 15,000 and is located within the famous Melbourne Sports Precinct, which also includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Park, and Hisense Arena. Formerly known as Centre Court at Melbourne Park (original Flinders Park), the arena was named to honor one of Australia’s greatest tennis players of all time.
Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park was officially named after Rod Lever for his unsurpassed achievements and accomplishments at the Australian Open in January 2000.
Find out more at https://www.thrillophilia.com/
Helicopter Flight Over Melbourne
- 18-20 minute scenic helicopter flight
Spectacular panoramic views of Melbourne
Experienced and knowledgeable pilot
This 18-20 minute helicopter flight over Melbourne has it all! Every seat allows for fantastic views of Docklands, Eureka Tower, Rod Laver Arena, The MCG, Exhibition Building then Eureka and MCG again for good measure. There's no better way to see Melbourne!
- 18-20 minute flight around Melbourne
Meet at our lounge and heliport at Essendon Airport and be soaring over the city in minutes, maximizing your scenic flight time. You will cruise over Docklands, Eureka Tower, Rod Laver Arena, The MCG and AAMI Stadium, Exhibition Building, then fly past Eureka Tower and the MCG again before heading back to Essendon Heliport.
- Flight duration is 18-20 minutes
You need to arrive 15 minutes before the flight time
Available on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday only
The last flight for this experience is at 5.30pm
Shared flights are subject to minimum numbers. Shared flights will only go ahead when they are full. Passengers within 48 hours of their flight if their preferred session time has not filled. The supplier may need to shift flight times to match up shared passengers to create a full flight. Flights will only be conducted in safe weather conditions. Many factors such as wind, visibility, and rain can prohibit a safe and enjoyable flight. The supplier reserves the right to postpone flights, at the discretion of the pilot, on the day where the forecast and conditions do not permit safe and enjoyable flying operations.
- The minimum age is 5 years old
- Children aged 5 - 13 are welcome along with an adult. This experience isn't suitable for infants
The experience provider reserves the right to substitute aircraft without notice
Passengers with physical and/or mental disabilities must book on private flights and be accompanied by a carer in and around the helicopter
Participants who arrive on the day of their experience and do not adhere to these guidelines will forfeit their experience
Shared flights are subject to minimum numbers. Shared flights will only go ahead when they are full. Passengers within 48 hours of their flight will be notified if their preferred session time has not been filled. The supplier may need to shift flight times to match up shared passengers to create a full flight
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. during Daylight Savings)
Please list individual passenger names & weights in KG upon booking
The maximum passenger weight for shared flights is 100 kg
The maximum passenger weight for Private Flights is 125 kg
The maximum combined passenger weight for shared flights is 280 kg
Due to current safety requirements for the airport please note these conditions for participation:
Photo identification is required on the day and must match the name(s) on the booking confirmation
Only participants are permitted in the lounges or hangar facilities. If bringing along family and friends, they'll be able to watch take-off and landing from designated viewing areas
Phones and cameras are allowed however bags are not permitted in the helicopter or hangar facilities
Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/
See a blockbuster musical at the Regent Theatre
What is it?
The Regent Theatre opened in 1929 and is one of Melbourne’s most lavish theatres, embodying the glorious fantasy and escapism of Hollywood.
It’s where the big named musicals usually play – in the past there’s been Wicked, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz and We Will Rock You.
Taking a photo under the glitzy lights out the front of the theatre.
Melbourne's lavish Regent Theatre was first opened in 1929 as a picture palace that embodied the glorious fantasy and escapism of the Hollywood era. There's no denying the venue's opulence, which has earned it a place on Victoria's Heritage Register and a listing on the National Trust of Australia.
When audiences stroll through the golden halls and stare up at the plush red velvet curtains, it's hard to imagine that Regent Theatre was at one stage slated for demolition. Following a fire in 1945 and a decline in grandiose picture palaces, the Regent was closed and much of its fixtures auctioned off.
Having survived the threat of being turned into a car park, the Regent was renovated and reopened in 1996 for stage productions.
These days Regent Theatre is managed by the Marriner Group, can seat 2,145 guests and has hosted some of the biggest shows to come to Melbourne (such as The Lion King and Wicked). The theatre was further refurbished in 2019.
Find out more at https://www.timeout.com/
Over the last 200 years, people have journeyed from all over the world to make Australia their home. Hear their moving stories at the Immigration Museum. Explore why Melbourne’s newcomers left their former homes, how they got here, what they found and the mark they made on the city.
The museum creatively re-creates the migrant experience via displays featuring film, audio, memorabilia and stories. The result is a thought-provoking and moving experience. The museum is housed in the grand Customs House building, which originally looked out onto ships tied up at the adjacent Queen's Wharf.
The impressive former Long Room is now the museum's central space, featuring giant Ionic colonnades. The Immigration Museum is a museum primarily displaying Australia's immigration history. It is located on Flinders Street in Melbourne, Victoria, in the Old Customs House. In addition to its work on documenting immigration history, the museum also hosts various traveling exhibitions and also provides educational programs.
Find out more https://www.thrillophilia.com/
Yarra River Cruise
Want to go to a place where your friends, family and kids can enjoy themselves at the same time? Want to make the most of a long weekend? Cruise tours along the majestic Yarra River in Melbourne is one of the solutions for these questions in your mind.
Highlights – River cruise tours have the potential to make any tour magical. The landscapes of Melbourne look absolutely divine from the waters. The best thing about these tours is that you can mix and match a couple of tours to get the experience of your lifetime.
You can either choose the tour that takes you across various ports and docklands or the tour that takes you to gardens, picturesque places and sporting landscapes of Melbourne.
Highlights – The first thing that will attract you when you come to Brighton Beach, is the colorful bath boxes that are found on the shores. All of identical sizes and structures, these multi-colored bath boxes are the only types of accommodation available here. With its turquoise blue waters, yellow & soft sands and the golden rays of the sun to accompany you, you can enjoy some relaxing moments here. During summers, the beach gets a little crowded; however, it doesn’t get too claustrophobic. That’s the specialty of this beach. It is easily accessible as well, which makes it friendlier for tourists.
Relaxing Floatation Tank Session
- Float with no effort in a zero-gravity environment
Purest magnesium salt bath to ease aches and pains
Soundproof, light proof and stress proof!
These state-of-the-art float tanks remove all visual, audible and physical stimulations to give you space to really relax. For 60 minutes, lie back and float on a relaxing Epsom salt bath, which will ease any aches and pains, while you let your mind truly relax with no distractions.
60-minute floatation session in a private room
Towels and earplugs provided
Shampoo, conditioner and hairdryers available
Float away to a complete state of relaxation! Floatation tanks are designed to eliminate all outside distractions in the form of sound, sight, temperature, tension and gravity so that you can enjoy a deep sense of relaxation. The water and air temperatures are matched to your own, so even the temperature won't distract you! The Epsom salt solution allows you to easily float in the water, removing any sensation of gravity - it's a feeling not possible anywhere else!
- Each session lasts for 60 minutes
Opening hours are 12pm - 9pm on Monday - Wednesday, 10am - 9pm on Thursday - Friday, and 9am - 9pm on Saturday - Sunday
No fake tan or hair dye can be applied within 7 days before the floatation session
Any transmittable skin conditions are not suitable for floatation tanks
Participants with eczema or psoriasis can attend, provided vaseline is used to protect the skin
Participants must be able to climb in and out of the floatation tank
You will be required to sign a waiver before your session
This experience takes place at Elevation Float and Yoga 167 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
At least 24 hours notice is required to reschedule a booking
Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/
Go for a bar crawl on Chapel Street
What is it?
Once the epicenter of mini skirts, fake tans, hair extensions and binge drinking, Chapel Street is now home to a wealth of exciting restaurants and bars.
There’s a host of great bars to work through, whether you’re starting on the Windsor end of the South Yarra end.
Leonard’s House of Love is like a cool house party at a ski resort circa 1983; Boston Sub’s Jungle Boy is the hidden bar all other hidden bars aspire to, and Lucky Coq is still slinging five-dollar pizzas so it’s pretty unmissable.
Once the epicenter of mini skirts, fake tans, hair extensions and binge drinking, Chapel Street is now home to a wealth of exciting restaurants and bars. Our bar crawl will start you off on the Windsor end and work you up to South Yarra.
Continue your bar crawl through the city and check out our guides to the CBD and the city's hip northside. Need a 3am snack? Find your closest late-night eats.
This is one of the luxury street markets in Melbourne and you should be ready to loosen your purse strings a bit when you want to shop for something here.
Highlights – Toorak is one of those suburbs in Melbourne where you will find luxury everywhere right from the huge palatial buildings that people own here down to the designer outlets that have put up their shops here. Shopping here is a far cry when compared to shopping in the other busy street markets of Melbourne. Most of the time, people come here only for window-shopping as it costs a huge sum of money to even dine in one of the restaurants here.
Location – Toorak suburb.
Famous for – Children’s stores, Florists, Handbags, Footwear, Art Galleries, Jewellery, Men’s and Women’s fashion stores, sports & recreation, gifting outlets, cake shops, restaurants, live music shows and many more.